Weekend Events: What’s happening across the Ozarks
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Here’s a look at what’s happening in the Ozarks.
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Route 66 Hogs & Frogs Festival
A three day event full of activities will take place September 22-24 in Waynesville. Friday, the fun begins with the Miss Croaker pin-up girl contest followed by live music. Saturday will feature the power racing series, Hogs and Frogs cooking contest, Veteran’s MC bike games, and Frogapalooza. This event is free and family friendly as there will be a kids activity area. While this is free to attend, some activities and booths will require fees.
Address: 216–498 Olive St, Waynesville
More information: https://waynesvillemo.org/route-66-hogs-and-frogs-fest
WIN’s 20th Anniversary Platinum Party
WIN is a local non-profit that has been helping hard working women for 20 years, and they are celebrating two decades with an event at Twin Oaks Country Club on September 23. The doors open at 6 p.m. for VIP, and 7 p.m. for general admission. There will be refreshments and food in addition to live music, a 360 photo booth, live auction, and more. All proceeds will benefit women across Greene and Christian counties. General admission is $50 and VIP is $75 per person.
Address: 1020 E Republic Rd, Springfield
More information: https://winplatinumparty.godaddysites.com/
125th Anniversary of Elkton Christian Church
Sunday September 24, Elkton Christian Church is celebrating 125 years starting at 10 a.m. with coffee and pastries. This will be accompanied with a brief history of the church and a live performance from Becky Lercher. A community potluck will follow later into the event with barbeque and desserts.
Address: MO-83, Flemington, MO
Everyone, including the family dog, is invited for free fun and activities at Chesterfield Park September 25 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event features dog agility demonstrations, expert seminars, police K-9s, therapy dogs, a dog fashion show, a peanut butter lick-off, and canine-related vendors and nonprofits. T-shirts for sale for $10. All proceeds benefit Cruse Dog Park.
Address: 2511 W Republic Rd, Springfield
More information: https://www.parkboard.org/618/DogFest
Native American Culture Night
September 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the north mall on MSU campus, the SW MO Indian Center is hosting an event about native culture. Watch dances and learn about Native American history in the Ozarks. This is free to attend.
Address: 901 S. National, Springfield
More information: https://fb.me/e/bMEzbHtQH
Wilder Days 2023
September 22-23, Wilder Days will be held on the Town Square and the grounds of Rocky Ridge Farm at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. The special guest will be Patrick Labyorteaux, who played Andy Garvey on the “Little House on the Prairie” television show. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Fiddle-Off will be held Saturday at Rocky Ridge Farm at 9:00 a.m. For a full list of events, visit the website below.
Address: 3060 State Hwy A, Mansfield
More information: http://wilderdays.org
American Legion Post 637 Auction & BBQ Lunch
September 23rd at 12 p.m., at The American Legion Post 637 in Kimberling City, organizers are hosting an auction and lunch to benefit the Stone County Sheriff’s Office K-9 program. There will be a 50/50 raffle, live auction, silent auction, and dessert auction in addition to BBQ and refreshments. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 4-12 years old. Anyone under 3 is free to attend.
Address: 6 Woodland Ave, Kimberling City
More information: https://www.facebook.com/stonecountycitizensinaction/
Christian County 5K Run/Walk for Sight
This fun 5K Run/Walk is a fundraiser for the Christian County Lions Club. Proceeds from the event will be used to help those with vision needs. Come out and enjoy a beautiful route by the Finley River. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced runner, this 5K is perfect for everyone. The race begins at 9 a.m. on September 23. Sign up before September 4 to guarantee a t-shirt. Adult sign-up fees are $25, and students are $20. Kids ages 5-12 are $15 which does not include a t-shirt.
Address: 802 West Jackson Street Ozark
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Lake of the Ozarks’ 2023 Classic Boat & Engine Show
From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, more than 30 classic and antique boats will take to the water. The classic boaters who are coming from across the region will be on the docks telling the stories of their vintage vessels. Come enjoy seeing the classics and have food and drinks that Captain Ron’s has to offer.
Address: 82 Aloha Ln, Sunrise Beach
More information: Call 309-256-1727
31st Annual Oldfield Opry Pig Roast Music Fest
Enjoy food and live music at this event running September 30 at 1 p.m. Adults cost $9 and children (10 or younger) cost $6. Bring something comfortable to sit on but leave alcohol at home. The music will be family friendly.
Address: MO-125, Oldfield
More information: https://www.facebook.com/people/Oldfield-Opry/100057332927189/
St. Jude Run/Walk 2023
This event is a family-friendly event that unites people across the nation behind the mission of St. Jude, which is finding cures and helping children. You can participate virtually or in person at Hammons Field September 16. Start a team, join an already existing team or participate as an individual for a good cause. Participants are welcome to run or walk the 5k.
Address: 955 E Trafficway St, Springfield
More information: https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Walk/Walk?pg=entry&fr_id=144772
Cackle’s Annual Chicken Festival
October 6-7 in Lebanon, all things chickens will be celebrated at this free event. This will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Check out a chicken costume contest, an egg eating competition, guest speakers, and much more.
Address: 411 W Commercial, Lebanon
More information: https://www.cacklehatchery.com/annual-chicken-festival/
Fellows Lake Mountain Bike Festival
October 7-8, teams of cyclists will compete in a race around Fellows Lake. You can cheer on the Springfield Youth Cycling Club as they complete the fourth race of the season. On property, some food vendors will be there with refreshments. During the event weekend, all boat docks and the Dam Downhill/Dam Skills loop trails are off-limits to NICA student-athletes and coaches in an effort to reduce land impact and/or injuries. The hours for this event are 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to the award ceremony (TBD) on Sunday.
Address: 4200 E Farm Rd 66, Springfield
More information: https://missourimtb.org/race-4-flyer/
Pets and Pumpkins Family Festival 2023
October 21, Park Central Square in Springfield will be decked out with all things pets. Admission is $2 per person and pet. A pet costume contest will take place for an additional $2 per person and pet. This event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Almost 100% of the gate fee is donated to local, non-profit children and animal organizations.
Address: Park Central Square, Springfield
More information: http://www.petsandpumpkins.com/home.html
100th Year Celebration at the Shrine Mosque
Come one, come all to celebrate a century of the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque. Starting at 5 p.m. on October 21, the auditorium will have members of the mosque and the community together to kick off the festivities. At 8 p.m., cupcakes, light appetizers, and a cash bar will be featured and all are welcome to attend. Admission is $10 per person.
Address: 601 E St Louis St, Springfield
More information: https://theshrinemosquespringfield.com/shrine-events/
Young Entrepreneurs Showcase
The Young Entrepreneurs Showcase is similar to a craft/vendor fair, but all the businesses that participate in the Showcase are owned/operated by individuals from ages 5-25 years old. There will be over 75 businesses participating Saturday December 2 at the E-Plex, with a wide range of products and services. This event is free to the public to attend.
Address: 3001 N Grant Ave, Springfield
More information: https://www.youngentrepreneursshowcase.com/
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